For nearly twenty years, Kaylene Alvarez has built a career working to find and build appropriate financing mechanisms and structures in emerging markets to support SME businesses and consumer lending. She was first exposed to the power of financial access for small businesses as a US Peace Corps volunteer (Poland) and while living and working in Russia; she later worked in M&A in emerging markets retail banking for a large, multinational financial services company, and has spent the last five years consulting with SME banks, niche finance companies and MFIs globally on due diligence, risk management, operational turnarounds, financial management and restructuring. Kaylene holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in International Finance, an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies (SAIS) in Social Change and Development, and has a BA from Michigan State University.
Kaylene is a lifelong weaver and quilter, and has recently begun to study dyeing. She’s had the opportunity to learn weaving and sewing techniques from women in multiple countries and has an extensive rug, kilim, suzanni and textile collection. Kaylene has a certificate in Decorative Art from Sotheby’s in London which includes textiles, and has also taken coursework at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC.
Amanda Lonsdale has spent her entire career working in emerging markets. She spent more than five years working in Southeast Asia of which she spent nearly three years living in Jakarta, Indonesia working with local governments on effective economic development to improve people’s lives. Amanda has maintained strong personal and professional connections in the region, and speaks Indonesian. In graduate school, Amanda enhanced her knowledge of the region with a concentration in Southeast Asian Studies and deepened her commitment to impact investing through projects in Brazil, Peru, Washington, DC and Philadelphia. She has maintained this commitment in her post-graduate career in renewable energy and her volunteer work leading the Washington, DC chapter of Net Impact for four years.
Amanda has an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Finance and Entrepreneurship and an from the Johns Hopkins School of International Studies (SAIS) in Southeast Asia Studies; she also has a BA from Johns Hopkins University.